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11 uniquely Irish ways of swearing

When you want to swear but can’t go all out with it.

SOMETIMES, HAVING A full-blown, proper swear is just not appropriate.

So we, as a people, have had to be inventive and come up with ways around the major, obvious swear words. Leaving us with some perfectly Irish half swear words that do the job just as well:

1. Feck

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The classic. Any way to get around saying the actual word f**k was welcomed – and feck was always your best bet.

2. Puck

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This can be rolled into your regular GAA chat as well as substituting perfectly for its well known rhyming equivalent.

3. Cac

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“That is absolute cac.”

A more poetic way of saying s**t, and we’re all the better for it.

4. Gick

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A delightful way of describing defecation – it has a nice, harsh tone to it as well.

5. Shite

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Prefaces many of our most beloved phrases. Insert in front of bag, hawk, box and you’re away. It’s actually better than the more basic word it’s intended to replace.

6. Fudge

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One of the tamest swear words you are likely to hear, but it can’t be denied its rightful place amongst its other, more coarse brethren.

7. Sugar

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8. Fack

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Used around the country as a perfect workaround in front of Mammy. You’re technically not swearing, and that’s all that matters.

9. Bollix

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The ‘ix’ ending compared to the ‘ocks’ one gives bollix a whimsy that the other sorely lacks.

10. Jaysus

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A completely different ball game altogether from the much more serious and formal “Jesus” pronunciation.

11. Hoor

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The pronunciation is as old as Irish slang itself. And no better way to exclaim your outrage at someone/thing than to elongate the ooo in “hoooor.”

What is your go-to Irish swear word that’s not actually a swear word? Let us know in the comments. 

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David Elkin

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